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Jolin Tsai (Chinese: 蔡依林; Pinyin: Ci Yīln; Wade-Giles: Ts'ai I-lin) is a Golden Melody Award winning Taiwanese Mandopop singer. To date, Tsai is one of the most successful and popular singers in the Mandarin music market.

Childhood years
Though Jolin was introverted and shy as a child, her mother realized early on that Jolin was of scholarly material, so her mother brought her to attend Japanese-style mathematics lessons, which she completed more rapidly than anyone expected she would. During her primary school years, her excellent scores meant that she failed to rank in the top three of her class only once, a class in which she placed tenth. As a punishment for being too complacent in her test preparation, she was caned by her mother. Eventually, her scholastic abilities enabled her to enroll at some of the highest ranking schools in Taiwan, including Jingmei Girls High School and later, Fu Jen Catholic University.

Jolin devoted her youth to studying the English language, self-studying English in her primary school years. She eventually majored in English Literature at Fu Jen Catholic University, a Taiwanese university that is popular for its English culture, is regarded for its Department of English Language and Literature, and includes in its ranks of alumni a number of Taiwanese entertainers. Jolin expressed interest in recording an album of songs entirely in English, though lamenting such an album would be unprofitable.

It was in her childhood years that Jolin developed an interest in singing and experimented with different vocal techniques after listening to the songs of popular female divas such as Teresa Teng and Faye Wong.


1998-2001: Universal Music
Jolin first started out by taking part in a MTV singing competition at the age of 18. She won the top prize at the competition with her rendition of Whitney Houston's #1 hit "Greatest Love of All". She was then signed by Universal Music.

On July 1999, her first single "Living With the World" was released. It was sold in convenience stores and was a tremendous success,[citation needed] which led to the release of her first album, Jolin 1019, on September 1999. At that time, she was packaged as "The Girl Next Door," and was an instant hit with teenagers, earning her the title "Teenage Boy Killer". Jolin 1019 ended up selling more than 400,000 copies in Asia. With the success of her first album, she released her anticipated second album in May 2000, Don't Stop. Many of the hits from that album were well known throughout Asia and the album was also a tremendous success.[citation needed] She also released her first photobook with pictures mainly taken in Hawaii.

Her image changed for her third album, Show Your Love. Nearing the age of 21, she released an album that was much more mature and soothing. However, the album did not sell as well as her last two albums. Her fourth album, Lucky Number, was unable to bring her back to the same level of popularity either. The following year, due to conflicts with her record company, she did not release any albums. She did, however, release her second photo book, with photos taken in Thailand. At the end of 2001, Jolin's contract with Universal Music ended and her first greatest hits compilation, Together was released.


2002-2006: Sony BMG
Finally, Jolin managed to sign with Sony Music that year and got the biggest break of her whole career. The first single released was the track "Spirit Of The Knight", which became a big hit and led to the highly anticipated release of her album Magic. The album turned out to be a smashing success, topping the Taiwan album charts for three full months and selling more than 300,000 copies in Taiwan alone. The album has sold over a million copies in Asia.[2] The album boasted many of her most well-known singles, including the hit dance song that brought Jolin back to the top of the charts "See My 72 Changes" and the extremely popular "Say Love You". The latter song and several others, including the hit "Prague Square" were penned by fellow Taiwan mega star Jay Chou. The new image she presented for this album was more playful and sexy than before and her music became more dance-oriented. This transformation gave her what she needed to make a comeback to the music scene after being gone for almost a year.

Jolin's sixth album, Castle, was just as popular as its predecessor and became a top album in many Asian countries.[citation needed] Just as with Magic, many songs on this album were written by Jay, her rumored boyfriend at that time. Two of these songs, the cute and playful "It's Love" and the moving rock ballad "Rewind", became two of Jolin's biggest hits. Prior to the album's release, she showcased her single "Pirates", another song composed by Jay, at a mini-concert. She subsequently filmed one of the most expensive music videos in Chinese history for the song.[citation needed] This album also featured many other hit songs including the main upbeat dance track "36 Tricks of Love", the sad love ballads "The Smell of Lemon Grass" and "Disappearing Castle", and "Love Love Love", a Chinese cover of the Nu Virgos song "Stop Stop Stop". Jolin also wrote the lyrics to the song "The Starter".

Between Castle and her next studio album, Jolin released a CD of remixes called J9 New + Party Collection. This remix album featured two new songs including the hit song "Signature Pose" and remixes of Jolin's most popular dance songs. A medley of her dance hits was also included on the album.

On April 25, 2005, her seventh album J-Game was released, also topping charts throughout Asia and making her extremely popular in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Malaysia, and Singapore. Not only did the album become the longest running album on the Taiwanese album charts in 2005, the album also sold over 1 million copies throughout Asia in just a little over a month.The album featured many more hip-hop influenced tracks than before, though it retained the dance pop and love ballads that made her famous. Though she supposedly broke up with Jay around the time the album was recorded, Jolin was able to find many other writers and producers for this album, including another huge Taiwanese pop star, Lee-Hom Wang. One of the songs he penned for Jolin, "Exclusive Myth", was included on the album. The first single of the album "Barbaric Game" was a huge hit across Asia and it was followed by several other strong singles including "The Greek Girl Next To The Wishing Pond" (composed by rising Hong Kong singer Ivana Wong), "Sky", "Repeat Signs", "I Really Miss You" and "Eyes Half Shut". The music video of the latter song presented a much sexier image of Jolin than ever seen before. During this time, Jolin also rapped on a smash duet with her good friend Show Luo called "The Real Chosen One".

Late in 2005, Jolin released her J1 Live Concert DVD, featuring performances from a concert she did in Taipei in late 2004. Her biggest hits from her first two albums with Sony are performed. Show makes a guest appearance in the performance of "Prove It". The concert also had a guest appearance by Jay, in which he danced together with Jolin, however this portion was not included in the DVD. It was later placed in the DVD for her greatest hits compilation, J-Top.

It was announced in early 2006 that Jolin would be leaving Sony BMG, the record company that helped elevate her to superstar status, and joining EMI Capitol.[4] Since her debut and through her years at Sony, Jolin progressed very quickly in becoming an excellent dancer and performer. To prepare for her new album, Jolin worked very hard to perfect her dancing and change up her style yet again. This was evident at the 2006 MTV Asia Awards where she performed her hot new single "Dancing Diva" with elements of yoga and using various props including a ball and a ribbon. She also won the Style Award during the ceremony, demonstrating the influence she has in Asia. [5]

In May, 2006, Sony released a greatest hits compilation album called J-Top, which included 2 CDs and a DVD with new and previously unreleased music videos and a 70 minute documentary on Jolin's time at Sony. The compilation featured many of the best songs from the albums she released under Sony. There were two new songs included on the album, one of which featured a music video where Jolin looks back on all her old music videos.


2006-present: Capitol Records
After the release of J-Top, her first album with Capitol, Dancing Diva was released on May 12, 2006. This album became Jolin's biggest album yet, selling over 2 million copies in Asia. The album featured some of her most popular and sexiest dance songs ever, including the aforementioned title track "Dancing Diva", "Pulchritude", "Mr.Q" (the music video for this song shows a very sexy Jolin getting intimate with Hong Kong pop star Edison Chen), and the bonus track "Attraction of Sexy Lips" (a song she did as part of an endorsement deal with MaxFactor which is almost close to Anita Mui's song "Hot Red Lips"). The album also featured two of the biggest hits in Asia during the year: the fun and upbeat "A Wonder in Madrid" and the touching love ballad "Pretence". She collaborated with good friend and labelmate Stanley Huang on the song "Nice Guy", which he also helped to write. Jolin also had some writing duties on the album, writing the lyrics for the song "The Prologue", which many speculate was written about Jay. The album was re-released in July as the "Perfect Celebration Edition" with a DVD featuring music videos of all eleven of the songs on the album. She has done the same thing for Magic, Castle, and J-Game as well.

During the fall of 2006, Jolin embarked on her Dancing Forever World Tour, performing concerts to sellout crowds in Asia. The huge opening concert concert in Hong Kong, which took place on her birthday, featured many special guests, including one of Hong Kong's top male artists Eason Chan, Taiwan's rising pop princess Rainie Yang, and Show. Show and Stanley also made surprise appearances in other stops of her tour, however, the most shocking moment was when she kissed fellow Taiwanese diva Elva Hsiao on the lips during one of her concerts. She was acting french that time, she is not bisexual. Jolin made guest appearances at her friend Stefanie Sun's concerts, while she and popular Singaporean male artist JJ Lin took turns appearing at each other's concerts.

Jolin released another album, Dancing Forever in October 2006. It features 2 CDs and a DVD. The first disc is comprised of all-new material, including the title track and theme for her tour: "Dancing Forever". Covers of songs by Chinese divas Sandy Lam and Faye Wong and a duet called "Marry Me Today" she recorded with her idol and mentor David Tao, are also included. Furthermore, she experiments with two other dialects - Taiwanese and Cantonese (the Canto version of "Pretence" is on the album). Up to this point, she has only released music in Mandarin and English. The second disc features remixes of three dance hits from Dancing Diva, while the DVD features the LUX sponsored mini-concert she performed in the summer in Kaohsiung. It features Stanley and Taiwanese guy group Energy.

A month later, Sony released another 2 CD compilation album called Jolin Favorite Live Concert Music Selection. This album consists of remixes of popular songs Jolin recorded under Sony, as well as rare live tracks.

Jolin ended off the year 2006 on a high note, performing hits like "Mr.Q", "A Wonder in Madrid", "Pretence" and "Dancing Diva" at several New Year countdown parties in Taiwan. Furthermore, according to g-music, Dancing Diva became the biggest selling album of the year in Taiwan, while Dancing Forever landed at number 15 on the year-end album sales charts.Dancing Diva accounted for 4.26% of all Mandarin album sales in Taiwan for the year, ahead of Jay Chou's Still Fantasy, which placed second and accounted for 3.50%. Jolin's singles also topped year-end charts, particularly her extremely popular duet with David Tao, which is considered by many lists to be the #1 song of the year in Taiwan. Singles like "Dancing Diva," "Pretence," and "A Wonder in Madrid" were also the winners of many song awards at the end of 2006 and the start of 2007.

Jolin released "The Acquired Talent" (DVD, photobook and poster) on June 8, 2007, which featured performances from her latest world tour and documented her hard work and perseverance in preparing for the tour. The DVD shows footage of her performing dance sequences with concert guests Show, Stanley, and Elva. The DVD opened at the top of the Taiwanese audio/video charts and stayed there for two weeks.It is said that her new album will be coming out in mid-August or September.

On June 16, Jolin finally won at the most prestigious music awards show in Taiwan. She picked up the Most Favorite Female Artist and the Best Female Singer awards at the 18th Annual Golden Melody Awards.Furthermore, her duet with David Tao won the Best Song award. Jolin's win for Best Female Singer has drawn some criticisms from netizens and industry critics due to her voice not being as strong as the other nominees (A-mei, Sandy, Angela Chang, and Penny Tai). However, many say that she won due to her all-round talent, hard work, and universal pop appeal.Regardless of the controversy surrounding this award, her other award for Most Favorite Female Artist shows the immense popularity she has around the world as the award was voted on by the fans for a couple of months prior to the awards show. She beat out many other huge pop stars like S.H.E, Fish Leong, Stefanie, Elva, Twins, A-mei, Rainie, and others.

Jolin's new album titled "Agent J" will be released on September 21, 2007.

Credit to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jolin_Tsai
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PostSubject: Re: Jolin Tsai   Sun Sep 09, 2007 12:53 pm

WOW....! What a long.. long.. article.. LOL... I'm not a big fan of Jolin Tsai, but its true that I look her as my rolemodel. Embarassed I really want to be like her, really. Hahahhahaha.. I think most of girls also think like me, right?lol! Jia you, yi lin!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Jolin Tsai   Sun Sep 09, 2007 12:57 pm

I think I would like to have her hard work spirit, she will keep going no matter what, and now she deserves her success...
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